The Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers. The goal of the initiative is to assist producers to extent the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner.
The Initiative may assist producers in addressing a resource concern by:
improving plant quality
improving soil quality
reducing nutrient and pesticide transportation
improving air quality through reduced transportation inputs
reducing energy use by providing consumers with a local source of fresh produce.
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants include individuals, legal entities, Indian Tribes, or joint operations engaged in agricultural production. Organic producers who grow agricultural commodities on eligible land and have natural resource concerns which may be addressed by a seasonal high tunnel may participate in the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative.
Eligible producers interested in entering into a financial assistance agreement with NRCS for EQIP assistance may file an application at any time. Applicants must be:
an agricultural producer and have control of eligible land for the term of the proposed contract period; eligible land includes cropland
in compliance with the provisions for protecting the interests of tenants and sharecroppers, including the provisions for sharing EQIP payments on a fair and equitable basis
in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation compliance provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill.
within appropriate payment limitation requirements, as specified in the 2008 Farm Bill.
in compliance with adjusted gross income requirements of the 2008 Farm Bill.
NRCS accepts and processes EQIP applications on a continuous basis. Producers must submit a complete program application and other documentation to support eligibility to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP.
The following list of practices are also available to producers (as applicable to their state) to support the Seasonal High Tunnel Practice to help ensure that the resource concerns are addressed while implementing and managing the Seasonal High Tunnel:
Conservation Crop Rotation
Critical Area Planting
Integrated Pest Management
Irrigation System, Microirrigation
Irrigation Water Management
Residue and Tillage Management, Mulch Till
Residue and Tillage Management, No Till/Strip Till/Direct Seed